Ocosta School District to build first vertical evacuation building in the US

WESTPORT, Wash. – The Ocosta School District plans to build the first vertical evacuation building in the nation, and a big part of any federal help in that plan was completed yesterday when the County Commissioners approved Sheriff Rick Scott to be the application agent “This will allow for the students, staff, and employees, to evacuate safely in the event of a tsunami by going up rather than trying to get out of the area. It’s something that will bring not only positive attention to the Ocosta School District, and safety to their students, but it’s going to bring a lot of positive attention to Grays Harbor County.”
Earlier this summer about 3,000 voters approved a levy to fund replacement of the Ocosta Elementary “Round building,” at the time administrators were looking at the vertical evacuation possibilities.